Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Challenge 6: Reading With Your Eyes Closed

Luke and Emma, I hereby challenge you to read without reading a word. In other words, I would like you both to enjoy the aural pleasures an audiobook can give. I personally really enjoy audiobooks and often use them to fall asleep to when the old noggin won't stop whirring.

The book is Straight by Dick Francis.

This particular book is by an author who is somewhat of a traditional read in my family, with his books being crime-thrillers and always having something to do with horses or horse racing, but from quite varying angles. He does a lot of research to make his angles credible and I more often than not find myself learning stuff about random things, which is always nice.

Anyway, I like this one, so I hope you guys enjoy the story and the experience of listening to it.

Review 5: 'Never Cry Wolf'

First of all, I would like to tell you about the aspect of the book that I didn't like: whatever the hell the cover was made of. Touching it felt like fingernails on a blackboard, if that bothers you which it never did me, but I can imagine.

Next I would like to tell you that I really enjoyed this book. As Luke said, it is by biologist Farley Mowat, who is sent out to the wilds of Canada to find out why wolves are killing all the caribou. (Spoiler: They're not.)

Mowat describes the two summers and a winter he spends there, as he studies and gets to know a family of wolves. It is Bryson-ish in tone, which keeps it light and entertaining even though there is lots of factual science and nature elements in there. It was a surprisingly quick read. It really got me interested in the wolf family - when it was done I wanted a sequel so I could find out what happens to them after the book.

I would definitely recommend this book, and I may even investigate some others he's written. I think this is the most enjoyed and agreed-upon book in the Challenge so far.